One thing new
But while things may have been strange for others coming into a situation of replacing the same coach two years in a row, Warner knows his longtime college background prepared him well for just such a thing.
As a three-year letter winner at
After helping the Bearcats use two quarterbacks and become bowl eligible
Warner was offered the chance to move to
"Dave, as you know we really looked at
While Spartan fans will be looking at all of the changes being made on the field, no one coach may be looked at more than Warner as he looks to replace Drew Stanton after a successful career at the helm of the Spartans offense. What should Spartan fans expect to see this spring?
"I feel we've got a very talented quarterback returning in Brian Hoyer. While he does lack some
experience he's had the chance to take some serious snaps last season and showed
he's got the skills to play the position at this level. As you know Dave, everyone will start
off on an even keel with us and have to earn their position this spring. But I really like what I've seen out of
Brian. He's got quick reflexes and
a very strong arm to go with a great field presence. His start in the
One question I had for Coach Warner dealt with him taking over for Dan Enos while Enos stayed on the staff at a different position. Were there any issues when this occurred?
Dave you know Dan and he's a great person and coach. I know the situation is unique but it's
really been no problem. I took over
for him at
With spring practice just a few days away I felt it only fair to find out what Coach Warner hoped to accomplish when the spring game was over.
"Our goal would be to have a starting quarterback in place when spring ball ends. This would mean we've found a team leader in the spring and one that can continue in this role we'd hope during the summer headed into fall camp in August. While we'll open up the competition again in camp we hope to have a player step up and become the leader of this team. We have two scholarship players at the position at this time and we'll add two more in the summer. I really like the talent we've assembled and look forward to working with the kids."
"We really feel that Kirk was overshadowed due to the number of quality
"Nick is a big strong kid who is a tradition drop-back passer. He's got great size and arm strength. As you know he's coming off an injury but at this time he's ahead of schedule. We spoke with his doctor just last week and he said that Nick is way ahead of the timetable they had him slated for. So we can't wait to get him in camp and see what he can do."
Anytime there is a coaching change there is always talk of how the players have reacted towards the new staff. How did Coach Warner feel the transition had gone since the staff arrived?
"Dave we've been received very well by the players. In fact you could say they opened their arms to us and were very excited about the change. Winter workouts were received very well and the players all worked hard. Attendance was excellent and everyone is excited to get on the field here in a few days."
While every position will see its share of changes the quarterback position may be the most watched. GoSpartans.net will be talking with each position coach over the course of the next several days to get the latest on the position and the coach in charge of taking the Spartans to the next level. I'd like to thank Coach Dave Warner for taking the time out of his busy schedule and talking with GSN and also thank MSU Associate AD John Lewandowski for his assistance.
Last but not least I'd like to send out a Birthday wish to Jackson Warner as he turns three years old this week.
The Warner Family minus daughter Alexandra.